What can I do to reduce stress over the long term?

Carrying stress with you has more of a negative effect on your health than you may realize.

To get yourself on a long-term stress reduction plan, consider making the following lifestyle changes:
  • Eat well-balanced meals.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Learn stress reduction techniques like meditation and yoga.
Unplugging is another stress reducer, experts say. In this digital age, information overload is common. Make an effort to disconnect and take a break once in a while from electronic devices.

The key is to fight stress with an active response, doctors say. Regular exercise is commonly prescribed as helping reduce stress. Talk to your doctor if the stress you’re carrying is unshakeable or causing physical distress.
This content originally appeared online at Baptist Health South Florida.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.